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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Brother David's Belgian-style Double AleBrother David's Belgian-style Double Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

368 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%


Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2003)
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audiojon

California

2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I saw this on the shelf at my local store and grabbed it as I had never seen it before. I was hoping to have found a deal on a Belgian style brew for a fraction of the cost, but alas was disappointed. I had trouble finishing the bottle, as this was far too unbalanced for my palate. Very sweet, but with zero complexity to balance it out. Very little carbonation, this was very close to drinking soda fountain syrup. Can't recommend this at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 21:57:21 | More by audiojon
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice dubbel. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:54:33 | More by superspak
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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California

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California

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 OZ in the new style bottle. No date.

A- Gave it a vigorous pour into an Affligem chalice but not much head, just a foamy ring that seems to be lasting. Deep mahogany with some reddish hues. Translucent and a bit cloudy.

S- Just about what you would expect, rich malt, spicy yeast, some dark fruit, a bit of alcohol.

T- Getting everything from the nose after a bit. Starts Neutral on the tip of the tongue and then sweetness comes through but balanced by a slightly bitter finish. Some mild raisin and prune notes and perhaps some cherry. Hops are barely noticeable, enough to bitter and maybe add some earthiness. Just a slight amount of yeasty funk.

M- Surprisingly thin for a 9% Dubbel. I was expecting something with a bit more body to it. However, the alcohol is nicely distrubuted.

O- This is a really good domestic Dubbel. Lacks the complexity and body of Ommegang or Allagash but at this price, it is just right.

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02-22-2014 21:15:52 | More by mschind
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California

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a reddish brown with a reasonable amount of off-white head. Just some film retains, along with a ring around the edge of the glass, leaving small bits of lacing.

S: Maple syrup sweetness with a touch of yeast.

T: Medium resin-y sticky sweetness, with a lighter sweet note throughout.

M: Full body, lightened up by the significant carbonation.

Overall, quite nice. The mouthfeel in particular is very nicely matched to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

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3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 25, 2014.

It pours a deep mahogany brown color with a modest tan head that lingers briefly and then fades down.

Wow! Does this have some sweet malts on the nose along with brown sugar, fig, or other dark fruits, and a kind of butter-like note.

The body is medium to a bit better than medium.

Ridiculously sweet taste with a powerful malty character. The sweetness is almost overpowering and way over the top. Finishes clean. Not sure if I would go out of my way to have it again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful deep mahogany with light brown around the edges, Lovely cream-colored head. Not much of a head: less than 1/4". Lacing is OK but not outstanding.

Smell 4.0: Lovely bouquet. Smells of dried, dark fruit, spicy Belgian yeast and many ephemeral hints of cellars and musty brewing facilities.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet with a very light hint of raisins. Big hit of rich malt in the middle with a slight taste of dried fruit and a very faint taste of a noble hop variety. Finish is where I detected a slight taste of alcohol, but this was quickly pushed aside by a warm maltiness and a pleasant sharp hit of acidity. Aftertaste was actually a bit short and featured a little more of the alcohol along with more of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, pleasant and complementary.

Overall 3.75: A very good dubbel bordering on outstanding. The maltiness in this beer is way too much for the style and the alcohol taste is also distracting and way off the mark. This beer is also far too "big" for a dubbel: 9% ABV is probably from where most of the taste problems can be traced. Nonetheless, this is a darn good beer and is well worth the purchase, it's just that it is not the best example of a dubbel on the market. Even if it was brewed using solar power (as per the bottle cap).

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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.